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Pendiculation and Healing

By Elizabeth Claire Burr.

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The word pendiculation means ‘to yawn’ and it is a three-part process of contraction, a slow mindful release, and then letting go. This process is natural to our being. When an animal, for example, experiences trauma, it moves into a pendiculation process. So it contracts, releases, and lets go. The animal doesn’t hold onto trauma – the mind doesn’t hold onto trauma and make a story of it – because it is able to let it go. Animals release trauma more readily than humans do because the mind grasps onto the trauma and makes it concrete in the body.

When we hold trauma in our bodies, over time it becomes sensory-motor amnesia.

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